You might say that Indiana rocks.
A shocking number of world-famous landmarks were made of limestone from the Hoosier State, including the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, the Lincoln Memorial, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and many more. That’s just in the U.S.
The mighty Ohio River was once the major thoroughfare for getting around the state, but now you can see Indiana from your Class C motorhome or diesel RV. Here are some fun-filled destinations.
Bluespring Caverns, Bedford
This fascinating attraction boasts the longest navigable underground river in the U.S. The caves extend for miles, and the dark, moist environment is ideal for hundreds of blind, albino creatures. Some are solid white or practically see-through. Salamanders, crayfish, frogs, beetles, spiders, crickets and a rare species of blind fish call the caverns home.
Charlestown State Park
Scientists believe that the Ohio River was born during the Ice Age. Hiking along its banks in this rustic park will certainly make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. RVs head here for birdwatching, fishing, kayaking, and waterskiing. History buffs can explore the abandoned bridge at Fourteen Mile Creek or Rose Island, the site of a once-thriving 1920s amusement park. It was wiped out in a flood in 1937.
McCormick’s Creek, Spencer
Steer your gas RV, Class A toy hauler or motorhome to this restful destination. With hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, organized outdoor games and swimming, it’s especially nice for families. Investigate Wolf Cave and Twin Bridges, a pair of naturally occurring stone arches. The nature center has seasonal exhibits year-round.
Clifty Falls State Park, Madison
Park the RV and hike to majestic waterfalls. See how many fossils you can spot in Crifty Creek. The nature and history special events change all the time, and the fishing and canoeing can’t be beaten. If you take the RUV into town, tour the spectacular mansion of frontier banker and entrepreneur James Lanier.
Turkey Run National Park, Parke County
Expect to be stunned by the results of nature’s ancient forces. The sandstone gorges are something to behold. Sugar Creek is one of the state’s favorite canoeing spots, and its scenic paths are ideal for both hikers and horseback riders. These woods are home to some of the oldest trees in America. There’s no shortage of flora and fauna, so expect to cross paths with deer, beavers or woodpeckers. If you dare, cross the suspension bridge over the creek.
Motorhomes aren't strictly for roughing it in the outdoors. There’s a lot to see and do in this exceptionally well-designed capital city. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest auto-racing track. There are many elite museums and several attractions dedicated to the civil rights movement; Indianapolis was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Head to White River State Park for the zoo, the botanical gardens, outdoor concerts, gondola rides and Segway tours.
Did you know that Indianapolis is within a day's drive of 70 percent of the nation's population? That's why it's called the Crossroads of America. If you want to meet more of your countrymen, start there, and point your Class A motorhome in any direction.